“I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.”
The life-affirming new novel from the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and The Humans
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
‘I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.’
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life.
Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.
How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.
“Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories”
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“Haig writes exquisitely from the perspective of the heart-sore outsider, but at their most moving his novels reveal the unbearable beauty of ordinary life”
”How to Stop Time is a beautiful, and necessary book. I feel very lucky to have read it. It is magical, intriguing and at times, very sad. A triumph”
“Full of Haig’s trademark humour and humanity. It is a wonderfully entertaining ride through centuries of adventure with a gloriously heart-warming message. A must read”
“My favourite book of this year, and most others. A dazzling read. Time stopped still”
Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and five highly acclaimed novels for adults, including The Radleys and The Humans. As a writer for children and young adults he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal. His work has been translated into over 30 languages.
18 Aug 2017
Bosco Theatre, George Steet, Edinburgh
17 Aug 2017
Toppings and Co, The Bookshop, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St. Andrews
08 Aug 2017
Booka Bookshop, Oswestry
27 Jul 2017
Gluck Studio, Steyning
26 Jul 2017
Rossiter Books, Shire Hall, Monmouth
22 Jul 2017
Gorse Tent, Pylewell Park, Curious Arts Festival, Lymington